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  • How short can you get? The pre-1934 Marlin SBRs

    In the 1930s, the wise members of Congress passed legislation that established the National Firearms Act, which regulated the civilian use and ownership of all the cool guns such as those, capable of full-auto fire, cane guns, pen guns, silencers, and short-barreled rifles. It is this last class that caught up a number of innocent Marlin lever guns in the dragnet. A rare Chilean police-marked Model 94 Marlin saddle ring trapper in .44-40 (with a 900-yard ladder sight!) and a super short...
  • Enter the 177: Marlin Air Rifles

    When you think Marlin Firearms, you think just that-- firearms. Well it seems that there is also a Marlin-branded air rifle on the market today for those little shooters to enjoy as well. With that in mind, we look at the Marlin Cowboy. Marlin air guns? Over the past 130 years, Marlin has made a number of different items including shotguns, burp guns, machine guns, and handguns besides the standard list of .22 rifles, lever guns and bolt-action rigs. However, members ask about old Marlin...
  • Marlin's 375 North Haven Big Bore

    For a few brief years in the Reagan-era, Marlin ponied up a lever-action hunting rifle that was among the pinnacle in hard-hitting big game guns of its kind. Based on the same 1895 action proven over the course of a century, the new gun used a very old round that had similarly been reinvented. What is the .375 Win? Back in the 1880s, one of the most effective "cowboy" rounds was the big-bore .38-55 Winchester. This black powder fueled cartridge could send a 255-grain bullet out a couple...
  • The Marlin Model 60

    With so many great .22 rifles out there, competition is stiff. Ruger's 10/22, Remington's Nylon and Speedmaster series, the Savage 64, and the single shot Cricket and Chipmunks are out there in numbers that in some cases run into the millions. However, the title of the most popular 22-caliber rifle in the world, with more than 11-million examples produced, goes to the Marlin Model 60. Let's look at the iconic rifle. Design of the Model 60 In 1959 Marlin engineer Ewald Nichol took to create...
  • Your Chance to win a Bersa!

    One of the other sites in our network, BersaForum.com, is giving away a brand new Bersa Thunder Duotone .380 donated to the community by Eagle Imports. This snappy looking gun is a must for any serious collector, and now is your chance to enter this great contest! Here's a link on how to get entered. [URL]http://www.bersaforum.com/forum/f5/bersa-thunder-duotone-380-giveaway-1361/[/URL] If you have not already registered on BersaForum.com, here's a link to do that....
  1. The Marlin 99-M1 Carbine

    One of the most popular rifles of the World War 2 era was the M-1 carbine. The short and handy little .30 caliber rifle, with its short length of pull, one-piece wooden stock, and abbreviated barrel, was standard issue to thousands of troops across Europe and the Pacific. Marlin capitalized on the mystique of this popular rifle when it came out with its own version in .22LR, the 99M1. What was the M1 Carbine? Formally, the "United States Carbine, Caliber .30, M1," but commonly just...
  2. Marlin Exhibit at the Frazier

    Like cool old guns and have a soft spot in your heart for those made by Marlin? Did you know that there is a world-renowned museum that specializes in arms and armor and they have a room just for Marlin? If the answer to the first question is yes and you don't already know the answer to the second: it's the Frazier History Museum. What is the Frazier? When you walk into the museum, you are greeted with the 3500-pound limestone monument to the 1st German Regiment (32nd Indiana Volunteer...
  3. Did Marlin Ever Make Handguns

    Those of you that are well aware of everything that was the Marlin Firearms Company over the past 100+ years know that the company had its hand in everything that went boom from time to time. Besides their classic lines of rifles, they made shotguns, machineguns, military weapons, and yes, Virginia, even a pretty large line of revolvers. Classic Marlin Pistols and Revolvers William Brophy in his excellent work, Marlin Firearms: A History of the Guns and the Company That Made Them, possibly...
  4. Marlin Lever Guns for Home Defense

    The home defense lever action carbine is an animal that few have considered. Long thought to be used just for hunting and plinking, these rifles are also a little thought of tool for home defense. Why a pistol caliber carbine For the defense of your home from invasion by criminals intent to victimize, the weapon of choice has usually been the firearm. In the world of these firearms for defense, the primary duty has fallen to the handgun. However, in many cases, the handgun isn't fully...
  5. Buying a Used Marlin Lever

    The Marlin Firearms Company has in one way or another been in business for over 140 years. Throughout that time, one thing has remained constant: the production of lever action rifles. With literally 30 million of these guns out there floating around, there are a few things to look for in used ones. Stock and forearm This 'bullseye' insert will let you know whether a rifle stock is made of birch or walnut and also give you a clue as to when it was made. Unless you are getting a...
  6. The Marlin Ballard Rifles

    Born in Massachusetts in the 1820s, Charles Ballard was a machinist with a good eye for details. In 1861, Ballard filed patent No. 33,631 for a single-shot rifle that reloaded a cartridge from the breech with a rolling block mechanism. Deep cut rifling grooves helped keep the rounds on target at extremely long ranges. This was a big thing at the time as almost every rifle of the day was a muzzle loading cap-and-ball type. Ball and Williams, Ballard's employer during the Civil War (1861-65),...
  7. The Appleseed Marlin 795 Liberty Training Rifle

    Marksmanship is a dying art in the United States that has been a staple of our country since the Revolutionary War. A group of grassroots volunteers known as the RWVA has teamed up with Marlin to produce a special model rifle to help change that. What is Appleseed? Around the country every year, at shooting ranges from coast to coast, hundreds of Project Appleseed events are held that are open to the public. At these events, students of all ages learn to shoot a 20" target out to 500 yards...
  8. The Classic Single Shot Marlin 22

    The single shot Marlin rimfire 22 is possibly the ultimate initial training rifle. With a nomenclature and manipulation procedure that can be taught in a morning, the gun is simple enough that first time shooters can easily understand. With no magazine to fumble with, nor semi-automatic action to worry about, the gun can be loaded one round at a time by a more seasoned shooter while the apprentice works the bolt. After a few rounds of this, even a pre-teen youth can be trusted with the...
  9. Five Classic Marlin Rifles

    Marlin has been in the gun biz for going on 150-years. Founded just after the Civil War by John Mahlon Marlin, they have produced more than a hundred models of firearms in almost every caliber imaginable. Here we look at five of their timeless classics. These guns were all extremely popular standard production models that helped make the brand a household name. Model 1895 Lewis Hepburn was Marlin's preeminent firearms designer in the 19th century. He invented a long line of lever action...
  10. Marlins Short Throw Levermatic

    Want a leveraction rifle with a throw that was so short that it could be cycled while you still have he trigger indexed with your finger? Talk about handy. Well it's not a new gun, it was on Marlin's Levermatic system rifles made in the 1950s and 60s, and they are some of the most shootable and collectable Marlins out there. Basic Design Marlin firearms engineering guru Tom Robinson was issued patent number 2,823,480 Feb 18, 1956 for the Levermatic receiver, a system that he developed...
  11. New Jersey and Marlin 22 Assault Rifles

    You may not know this, but by a twist of fate of New Jersey's state laws, the standard Marlin Model 60 semi-automatic rifle is seen as a sinister death-dealer. Yes, the same little 22 caliber, tube-fed Model 60 that is the rifle of choice for target practice around the country is seen in the Garden State as being an assault rifle. How did this happen? Read on... Badly Worded Law With the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 still in the distant future, the State of New Jersey passed what...
  12. The Marlin Model 70 A Quiet Crowd Pleaser

    One of the most desired and best-loved designs that Marlin ever came out with was the Model 70. This handy little 22 with its detachable box magazine had something for everyone--including those in need of a backpack gun. Basic design Taking the tried and true Model 60 design as a starting point, Marlin engineers borrowed the receiver and action from that little 22 plinker and substituted a detachable box magazine for the under barrel tubular one of the 60. This cut the magazine capacity...
  13. Is Marlin the Peoples Lever

    It would seem that the first thing that comes to mind when the words 'lever action rifle' is the Marlin Company. Even so, are they truly the people's champ when it comes to this weight class? Let us look. Who else makes lever actions? Winchester was the Pepsi to Marlin's Coke in the world of cowboy carbines for generations. Their John Browning-designed Model 94 has, with the exception of a few gaps, was in constant production for 112 years. In 2006, the line ended in the US. Its still...
  14. The Royal Canadian Marlin Saga

    For just three years in the 1960s, Marlin produced nine of their models in special variants for sales in Canada. Ranging from rimfire guns to full size 336's, these Royal Canadian guns are extremely collectable. What was the program? The Marlin Firearms Company had long been one of the most popular makers of rifles and shotguns in North America. Based in Connecticut, they often had sales over both the far away Southern border with Mexico and the closer Northern border with Canada. Seeing...
  15. Marlin 25MG Garden Gun

    So you have a snake in your garden, or even more common, a flock of small pesky birds that are constantly robbing every piece of fruit from your trees, what do you do? Marlin had that answer and made an unusual gun for this very common need. The Model 25MG, popularly known as the Garden Gun. The origins of this concept Back in the late 1800s, trick exhibition rifle shooters such as Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody made audiences cheer when they smoked glass balls, soda crackers, and...
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